Monday September 16th 2019

Valuable tools for faculty in schools of nursing

As a faculty member in a school of nursing, fall is a busy time acclimating new students, offering new courses and adapting to new advances in nursing care and teaching techniques.

ANA recognizes the need to help faculty navigate the challenges inherent in teaching the next generation of RNs and is launching two resources designed specifically for faculty in schools of nursing. A webinar series and an online community are being offered to address how best to advance the quality of classroom instruction, clinical supervision, research projects and administrative demands.

ANA Webinar Series:  Advancing Faculty Excellence

In October, the ANA Webinar Series: Advancing Faculty Excellence begins with two practical, real-world, how-to topics. These webinars are free to attend for both members and non-members. Full program details and registration can be found at

The first webinar, How to Effectively Teach Ethics to Nursing Students on Oct. 26, from 11 am to 12:30 pm Eastern Time, will be presented by Catherine Robichaux, PhD, RN, CNS, Alumnus CCRN, and Eileen Weber, DNP, JD, PHN, BSN, RN.

Robichaux is an assistant professor, adjunct in the Department of Health Restoration and Care Systems Management at The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas and The University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, and a member of the ANA Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Board.

Weber is a nurse attorney who serves as clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. Weber served on the Minnesota Nurses Association’s ethics committee and Government Affairs Commission.

Webinar content covers topics such as how to organize ethics content for one class or an entire ethics course; applying powerful techniques for teaching ethics; teaching students how to make a responsible conscientious objection; preparing students to take competent, informed actions to resolve ethical situations; and how to evaluate a student’s understanding and awareness of ethical dilemmas and decision making.

The second webinar, How to Expertly Manage Students with Unsafe Behaviors in the Clinical Settingon Nov. 29 from 1 to 2 pm Eastern Time, will be presented by Kristy Chunta, PhD, RN, ACNS, BC, associate professor, Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA, and manager of the ANA Faculty online community.

Content includes how to recognize early signs in a student at risk for acting in an unsafe or unprofessional manner; implementing effective techniques that help students correct unsafe or unprofessional behaviors; avoiding the trap of “failure to fail” successfully handling student retaliation; and how to develop departmental policies that address management of unsafe or unprofessional student behaviors.

Ethical dilemmas in nursing are rapidly changing and emerging, according to Liz Stokes, JD, RN, senior policy advisor, ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights and moderator of the webinar series. “These opportunities provide hands-on, practical resources that will benefit new and experienced faculty,” Stokes said. “The ‘Faculty Pak’ and the ANA series of faculty webinars are substantial resources designed to prepare nursing faculty to educate students about the concept of nursing ethics. In addition, the ANA ‘Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretative Statements’ serves as a guide for nurses in their responsibility for ethical decision making.”

Faculty Online Community

ANA’s Faculty online community is an exclusive members-only resource that offers a unique experience, one built on networking, sharing and trust; one that enhances and extends opportunities to advance your work and your career; and a community that encourages you to seek advice and feedback from RNs who share your career focus and challenges. ANA members who are faculty members will be invited to join this community and encouraged to participate and share their questions, concerns and suggestions.  The community manager, Kristy Chunta, PhD, RN, ACNS, BC, has many years of teaching experience and brings a strong blend of practical and academic knowledge to help guide the community and ensure positive, valuable interactions.

Chunta has a strong vision for the community and how best to support faculty at all stages of their career. “As a faculty member myself, I can appreciate the challenges that educators face when managing students in the clinical setting.  I understand the need to have a community of faculty who are experiencing similar challenges in their academic role,” Chunta said. “As we prepare to launch this new online community, I look forward to being a part of the discussions that will help to address students with unsafe behaviors as well as conversations related to teaching techniques and other issues that will be covered in this online venue.”

ANA is pleased to offer these unique resources to faculty who teach in schools of nursing, including Baccalaureate degree, Associate degree, RN-to-BSN programs as well as graduate nursing programs.  Both traditional and online programs will be addressed in the webinar series and the online community.

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